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Autumnal essentials

Late Autumn is one of my most favorite seasons, especially on the East Coast.  There's a chill in the air and a slight hint of the upcoming holiday festivities.  I've started my Thanksgiving menu and I've done a bit of Christmas shopping so I am definitely getting in the spirit.

November and December are some of the most fun and action-packed months which means they are the most exhausting too.  Here's a few of my essential pieces to help you survive the chaos:

The accessories

First up: beauty. Concealer, pressed powder and a pink lipstick.  Hide your late night sins and freshen your face with a pretty pout.

Next up: sustenance. Fresh water, Starbucks (red cup mandatory) and a granola bar.  Easy to tote and will help keep you going for a couple hours.

A metallic watch will keep you on time (more or less) while also doubling as a blingy bracelet when the moment requires. Double-duty accessorizing at it's finest.

Grab a pretty little notebook.  Grocery lists, invitations and naughty/nice lists all tucked away nicely.

Stash everything in an extra large, extra luxe tote.  I've chosen Bottega Veneta in a rich tobacco.

Head-to-toe

I melted when I saw this great calf hair baseball cap from J Crew.  It's much more subtle than the oversize felt hats we usually see in Fall but still a really chic way to add a luxurious texture and pattern to your outfit, or even just to disguise some day-old tresses.

Balenciaga specs look cool and will take some of the strain off your eyes.  Long days, late nights and contacts are not an ideal pairing.

A richly hued silk shirt is in keeping with the casual-luxury feel.  I've taken the Journey into Night plum silk blouse and topped it with a slouchy sweatshirt from H&M.  I love layering VAUGHAN silk shirts because it's an easy way to add a little interest without getting too bulky.

Slim cuffed chinos are my new go-to's.  They look great paired with other neutrals but can also stand up to bold color.  This pair is by Boy by Band of Outsiders but I also love Vince's version.

Finally, slip on some comfy, vintage-looking trainers. They're cool without trying too hard but they'll also save your soles as you traipse around town.

 


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